ViewSonic VA712 LCD Monitor

\"ViewSonicTwo days ago I was accompanied by my father to Sta. Cruz, Manila to get my NBI clearance at Sta. Cruz NBI center. I can\’t remember the name of the building but it\’s beside Isetan. After an hour, we left the building with my NBI clearance and we strolled along Avenida. My father is a \”Manila boy\” as he spent most of his younger years in Manila when he was taking his degree in engineering, so he toured me from Quaipo to Carreido since I\’m too peculiar in that area. I missed the good old times when we go to Quaipo just to buy electronics parts at Raon and go shopping for bargains at the nearby stores. That was about 10 years ago when our local area has not been developed yet.

We reached Recto MRT Line 2 (Megatren). My father doesn\’t want to ride the train but I forced him anyway. Then we alighted from the train at Gilmore station. My next agenda was to buy an LCD monitor. My father was relunctant to buy, but I was able to pursue my interest. In order to save my eyes from degradation, I really have to buy an LCD monitor to replace my busted CRT monitor.

I immediately went to PC Express Plus. You can say I\’m already a patron buyer (suki) because I bought my 160 GB Seagate HD, Linksys router and Radeon 9550 videocard at PC Express.

Right after searching the list of LCD monitors available, I was in a dilemma if I would buy a 17\” or a 19\” LCD monitor, and which brand. I did a prior research but it didn\’t help. Typical 17\” costs around P13,500 today while a typical 19\” cost around P20,000. There is a P6,500 difference and it seems to be not cost effective. Again and again, my father insisted that I buy the 17\” LCD monitor only because it won\’t fit my PC table at home. I argued that I could adjust the height of the racks, but it\’s too troublesome. If I adjust the rack where my printer is located, it would be difficult to reach my printer and it would be very inconvenient to change ink, let alone open the printer cover. Therefore, I just decided to buy 17\” LCD monitor in the end. I used to have a 17\” CRT and it just right for all my needs after all.

My criteria for buying LCD follows the recommendation of CNET monitor buying guide. First I looked at the pixel response rate. I need 8 ms or less because I don\’t want ghosting in my games and movies, although 12 – 16 ms will be good enough. I want a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 in 17\”. In 19\” LCDs I expect to get a higher resolution, but all 19\” LCDs in Gilmore that I have reviewed feature native resolution of 1280 x 1024 only. If those 19\” LCDs had native resolution of 1600 x 1280, I would have chosen 19\”. I also looked for decent luminance and contrast ratio. Surprisingly only one passed the 8 ms criterion — ViewSonic VA712. I thought Samsung 740N is better since it is priced slightly higher than ViewSonic but I was wrong. Although it has a very good contrast ratio of 1500:1 compared to VA712\’s 350:1 (typical to most LCDs), Samsung 740N has a 25 ms pixel response rate, so I ditched it off my list. Obviously I chose ViewSonic VA712 because it is clearly the best available LCD monitor currently available. In addition, it has a good picture quality, no dead pixels, and comes with 3 years warranty. It does not have DVI connection though. I don\’t really need it because VA712 has an automatic timing correction of analog signal. ViewSonic produces high performance LCDs and I believe in its quality. CNET also reported that most monitors do such a good job of signal conversion that digital connections are not as important as they used to be.

I\’m using it right now and I\’m very pleased with its performance.

Links:
ViewSonic VA712b
Response time: the faster, the better?
CNET Monitor Buying Guide: LCD basics
CNET Monitor Buying Guide: LCD vs. CRT
ViewSonic: LCD advantages
Viewsonic, VA712, LCD+monitor

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OJT Prank?

Yesterday was April fools\’ day and I had a written exam in Trend Micro for OJT yesterday too. I was thinking, was it a prank? After all it was April fools\’ day yesterday. I arrived there exactly 1:30 PM by Taxi from Cubao and I was truly regretful; I didn\’t commute earlier that I had to ride a taxi to get there on time. Then I went inside the conference room converted to an exam room. There were 14 of us waiting to get the exam. It\’s okay to wait as long as there are seats to relax while waiting, but I was standing! There were 11 seats only and I\’m one of the unfortunate ones who didn\’t get a seat. Not until 2:30 PM that the examiner went inside the room and gave us the exam papers. I thought it was an endurance test until 6:00 PM. Whoever lasts waiting for the examiner gets the OJT. Of course it\’s impossible unless the HR is playing pranks with us which is not true after all. I finished the exam and I left the building… and I\’m hoping that I\’ll get an email soon. ^_^

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Passport Renewal

I woke up at 5:00 AM in order to have a big lead on passport renewal today because last month I was not able to renew my passport because I was too late to fall in line; I arrived by 7:00 AM and there were roughly one thousand people in the city hall already! Unfortunately, only 400 people were entertained in first-come-first-serve basis that day.

Anyway I\’m very glad I had my passport renewed today even if it took more or less 10 hours before it was released. I\’m thankful that my father took it this afternoon instead of me getting it.

So what\’s the big deal with my passport renewal anyway? None so far… but if there\’s an opportunity abroad most especially a chance to get a job in Singapore (I have a lot of connection there anyway), it won\’t be difficult to complete the requirements to travel abroad. I don\’t really want to get outside the country soon. It\’s too early and I\’m too \”raw\” for an IT professional. I\’m sure there\’s so much more to learn in IT industry. My new passport expires in 2011 so if I\’d want to go elsewhere for vacation it will be convenient. :)

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I gave up on my old graphics card

My old Nvidia GF4 MX440SE 128MB has failed. It didn\’t even last longer than my old Voodoo 3 graphics card and it happened last week when everything was so hectic. I wanted to trash my PC because I can\’t really use it properly. Thanks God I have a dependable laptop, I managed to finish all my school work there.

My old GF4 MX440SE failed probably because of fan problem. There are several times when its fan stopped spinning and I tried to fix it with lubricants for the meantime. I didn\’t bother buying a new fan for the heat sink and I didn\’t check it regularly. I don\’t know exactly when the fan stopped spinning so my old graphics card probably operated fanless for several days before I could fix the fan again. That may have caused the graphics processor unit to overheat from time to time. There are several incidents that my PC suddenly shuts down because of my old graphics card. Then I noticed one day that my PC resolution went down to 800 x 600 and the graphics card driver won\’t work anymore. It was really inconvenient because even if I set the resolution higher, the refresh rate and frames per second is too low especially when updating text and graphics while scrolling down and scrolling up. It\’s too frustrating so I bought a new graphics card last thursday; just a cheap graphics card good enough for work and some games.

I bought an ATI 9550 256MB, 128-bit. It has been around for some time but it is the best-buy for my budget. It\’s actually positioned between 9600SE and 9600Pro. It\’s really not designed for hardcore games but it can run most games at decent resolution and effects setting. I didn\’t buy it for gaming so I don\’t mind if I can\’t run Doom 3 or Half Life 2. After all I\’m going to buy a new 64-bit PC later this year; that would include a high-end graphics card for fragging. :D

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My Seeding and Leeching Stats

I have uploaded as much as 132 GB and downloaded 123 GB since I used µTorrent. If I remember correctly I have uploaded as much as 130 GB in Azureus and download 190 GB before my PC was wiped out. Then I have uploaded another 60 GB and downloaded 45 GB in Azureus again. In total I have seeded 322 GB and leeched 358 GB, which will easily fill up my hard drive. x_x Thanks to DVD-/+R doing backups is a relief.

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Missed Updates Last Week

There are several software updates during my \”hibernation\” in the past 2 weeks that I failed to know soon. Here they are: Azureus 2.4.0.2, µTorrent 1.5 and WordPress 2.0.2.

First, I still use Azureus even though I use µTorrent most of the time. I downloaded it just now to test whether it is still using so much CPU and memory, and yes it is. µTorrent 1.5 was released earlier and I was still using version 1.4 until yesterday. As usual µTorrent lives up to its famous features — low footprint and efficiency. It now has an \”easter egg\”. Go to Help -> About and press T to find out. Finally, I updated my blog script recently. It\’s a critical release update so I didn\’t waste any time when I read it today.

I hope I didn\’t miss more updates.

Btw, this is the easter egg of µTorrent if you don\’t believe…

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Long Time no Post

Jeeezzz… thesis documentation is one of the most time consuming write up I have ever done. Seriously, I didn\’t imagine that it would take that much time just to complete about 50% of the documentation.

It\’s quite problematic when we were required to do our own Data Flow Diagram when it was not even discussed to us. Those who are taking Information Management have tackled this before. Unfortunately, we, the hapless students enrolled in IT didn\’t have a chance to learn it from one of our subjects… Well anyway we had to do some self-study before doing our DFDs.

Signing off.

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